Benefits of Matcha Green TeaPublished:December 4th, 2010
Drinking green tea can help with burning fat and boosting your metabolism while also blocking conversion of energy from food into body fat, inhibiting fat absorption and regulating blood sugar levels. Green tea can help with a diet loss program because it can help you lose fats and not muscle or water. Tea drinking can provide better calorie burning results than drinking water while you are dieting.
A diet rich in carbohydrates will result in weight gain because insulin increases. However, if you drink tea 15 minutes after a meal rich in carbohydrates, you can experience a lower increase in insulin levels. Weight loss teas can help your body burn calories even while you are resting. One other benefit of drinking tea is that the caffeine present in tea can help you relax and have a better concentration.
Free radicals in our bodies are boosted by ultra-violet rays, chemicals in food containing preservatives, pollution or stress. As we age, the amount of free radicals increases and this in turn, accelerate signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots and the risk for certain diseases. Drinking tea can reduce free radicals with as much as 50%.
Matcha green tea is a type of tea made from shade-grown tea leaves. Tea bushes are covered before the harvest in order to prevent exposure to direct sunlight. This process can slow down the growth of the leaves and turns them into a darker shade of green. The result is the production of amino acids that make the tea sweeter. Harvested leaves are laid out to dry and as they crumble they become what is known as tencha. After tencha is de-veined, de-stemmed and ground to a fine powder it becomes matcha.
The different grades of matcha depend on the location of the tea bushes, the treatment applied before processing and the grinding methods. Matcha tea contains catechins that are just as valuable as Vitamin C and E in fighting against free radicals. Matcha is a green tea powder which is used for tea of as an ingredient in different recipes. Matcha is unique to Japan. Japanese teas are usually more expensive than teas from other countries. This is because Japan only exports 1% of its teas due to a high domestic demand.